Internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, Emmy Award-winning writer and producer (and creator of HBO’s “The Wire”) David Simon, and celebrated chef, author and National Humanities Medalist Alice Waters will be among more than 50 special guests participating in Human/Ties, a three-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities to be held Sept. 14-17 at the University of Virginia and venues throughout Charlottesville.

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Like many good ideas, David Waldman and Marian Leitner’s new company began around the dinner table, when the couple realized they were paying more for the wine bottle than they were for the wine it held.

Some might have been content to let this observation go. But Waldman and Leitner’s mutual entrepreneurial drive – they met at a social enterprise pitch competition in Washington, D.C. – and respective experience in winemaking and marketing led them to create their own solution.

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As a University of Virginia undergraduate student and a member of the Cavalier football team, Tom Santi transformed on the gridiron into a star who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008.

But when a knee injury ended his career after three years in the NFL, he needed another transformation.

“That actually, in a strange way, provided a good opportunity for me to start thinking more about the future, and forced me to do it realistically,” Santi said.

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We are young, fearless and just as passionate as you.”

Those words overlay an image of two astronauts blazing through space with jet packs. The image appears on the website for rADical, a student-run advertising agency co-founded by Arthur Wu and his friend, Kelsey Miller.

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To honor the co-founder who has helped thousands of patients across Virginia and the world better access health care, the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth has been renamed the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth.

A pediatric cardiologist by training, Rheuban said she was inspired to help create the center through the challenges she would face seeing her own patients. “We would be driving all over Virginia to see patients. But when we’re not there, we’re not there,” she said.

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A presidential election year means a waterfall of political fodder for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” but to reveal the truth behind its hardest-hitting zingers, the show often turns to the experts. On Monday’s episode, that expert was Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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Emily Riff’s journey to the University of Virginia School of Law, from which she will graduate May 22 as a member of the Class of 2016, began on Capitol Hill.

Riff worked as a staff member for Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, and then as a legislative aide to Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. It was while working on education policy for Franken, she said, that she realized she wanted – needed – to know more.

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Teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students, according to results from a program administered by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

Teachers in New York City public schools who participated in “Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education,” or CARE, a mindfulness professional development program, not only felt an improvement in their own well-being, they also improved the quality of their classroom.

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A former tennis champ-turned-budding business leader has received the University of Virginia’s Sky Alland Scholarship.

Michelle Fabiola “Faby” Chaillo, a third-year commerce major from Mexico City and Falls Church, will receive full tuition and fees for her fourth year at the University as well as a $10,000 stipend for living expenses.

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At first glance, dance and engineering would appear to be vastly different pursuits. But somehow, Aqura Russell found a way to be heavily involved with both at the University of Virginia.

The Newport News native began dancing at the age of 8 and is trained in both ballet and modern dance. Before she arrived on Grounds, Russell planned to major in chemistry.

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Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The world’s most famous tales of things that go bump in the night can all trace their heritage to a distinct 65-year period when the British public became enraptured with the horrid. The English Gothic novel dominated popular fiction from 1765 to 1830 and spawned an endless tradition of dark storytelling and over-the-top parodies around the globe.

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How regularly do women with disabilities receive pelvic exams and Pap tests? Primary care related to their sexual and reproductive health? And how often do they experience unintended pregnancies in a country where roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned?

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Each year, the #UVAPhotoContest captures the most picturesque locations on the University of Virginia’s Grounds through photos posted on Instagram. This spring, contestants were asked to showcase life on Grounds through images that included at least one person or animal.

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It’s that time of year again. Couches are placed on sidewalks and perfectly good appliances are thrown into the trash. This annual ritual is part of the mass exodus that occurs across the nation as college students move out of apartments and student housing.

The University of Virginia offers another option, one that benefits the local community: Chuck It for Charity.

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In a year where it seems like every aspect of American politics is being watched and analyzed on the world stage, University of Virginia doctoral candidate Michael Poznansky is interested in the powerful political plays that are hidden beneath the surface.

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This year’s award-winning teachers at the University of Virginia show the enormous impact a passionate teacher can have on students’ lives.

Scores of students, faculty peers department chairs and deans contributed glowing testimonials about 13 professors, plus a medical resident and five graduate teaching assistants, who were chosen for a range of teaching awards sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The teachers were to be honored at a banquet Wednesday.

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Midway through her Peace Corps service, Julia Shafer’s family visited her in Antanifotsy, Madagascar. Shafer’s students and fellow teachers welcomed them with performances of traditional dances from all over the island, and Shafer, a year after arriving as a rare foreigner in Antanifotsy, realized she felt at home in both worlds.

“It was a really cool experience, to share my family from home with my family here in Madagascar,” said Shafer, a 2012 University of Virginia graduate.

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Fourth-year student Artem Demchenko has spent much of his time at the University of Virginia volunteering in local public housing communities, helping residents create gardens similar to those he remembers from his home in Ukraine.

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The missions keep getting higher, longer, farther and faster, as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Christopher Goyne inspires his University of Virginia students to keep pushing the outer edges of the envelope.

Goyne teaches a spacecraft design course that has, during recent years, led to student-designed and -built projects reaching out to the edges of space.

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